At what point will the provincial government start taking action to protect its citizens and employees with regard to the overcrowding in provincial jails?
The criminals of today are not compatible with the type of “knee-jerk” reaction jail space being built to alleviate overcrowding. This recent escape from the Brandon Correctional Centre is living proof of a serious situation.
If inmates were housed in a truly secure area and not a converted recreation space that needed a door left open for ventilation as the police suggest, there would have been no escape. If the excessive remanding of offenders at court was being satisfactorily dealt with then there should not be such rampant overcrowding in the jails, leading to overtaxed staff members.
By my count from the news, there have been three escapes from Brandon in the last five or so years, and two small riots. Not to mention reports of escapes and similar small riots in other provincial jails, in addition to assaults on staff members.
Is the government’s official position to delay and deny, leading to the endangerment of people’s safety? If not, then when can the taxpayers and voters expect some definite action, and more importantly, some results on this issue?
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 21, 2014